Tattletales

By , September 19, 2018

“Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus
about his disciples and his teaching.”
John 18:19 (NIV)

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Have you ever been snitched on? Has someone told things about you that got you into trouble? Well the situation in which Jesus finds himself when He was before Annas the high priest was one where He was prodded to “snitch” on His followers.

Jesus had just been arrested and brought before Annas who was the real head of the Jewish nation in Jesus’ time. Annas asked Jesus for a membership list of His followers and also for a statement of His doctrine.

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He Knows Our Limits

By , September 18, 2018

“…let these men go.”
John 18:8 (NIV)

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Do you know your limits? Sometimes you do and sometimes you do not. Recently, when staying with a friend of mine he told me about climbing up Mt. Kilimanjaro to the very peak with a group of people led by experienced guides. The intended climb was to take them up to the 19,340 foot high peak on the highest free standing mountain in the world.

My friend and his wife are in superb physical condition and were physically fit for the ascent. He spoke to me of the psychological battles they felt as they experienced altitude sickness which is caused by the low levels of oxygen at higher altitudes.

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Can I Help You?

By , September 17, 2018

“Jesus…went out and asked them, ‘Who is it you want?’”
John 18:4 (NIV)

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Jesus and the eleven disciples had left the Upper Room and gone to the sacred place of prayer where He and they had often gone to pray when in Jerusalem. Judas, the twelfth apostle was off doing his infamous deed of betrayal.

When they entered the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus had dropped off eight of the apostles and took Peter, James, and John farther into the recesses of the place and spoke to them.

He told them (Mark 14:34 NIV)

“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death”

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Who in the World are You?

By , September 16, 2018

I have sent them into the world”
John 17:18 (NIV)

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Those who belong to Jesus have connected with a world that is not visible in the physical sense that an apple or pear appear to our eyes. However there is a remarkable effect this invisible world has on the visible world. This effect comes through God’s people living godly lives in the world and living as Christians in the power God alone can give. Christians of all occupations and callings are the “glue” that holds society together.

Jesus places His people in all streams of society in order for them to live for Him in front of their own peers. But we are to live in such a way that people see the difference between us and others who do not follow Jesus.

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What’s in a Name?

By , September 15, 2018

“…protect them by the power of your name”
John 17:11 (NIV)

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I recall a time when I was a young fellow when I asked my mother where my given names of Gordon Bruce came from. She started to laugh and for a moment could not respond to my query.

I knew of her Scottish background and also knew that my given names were Scottish. Further I knew that my surname was English so I was a bit puzzled about who might be in our family tree with my given names and why he was so important that he had me as his namesake.

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